As a tool for search, the web is the greatest thinking tool that humans have ever invented for processing information at the speed of light.

Question: How many days is it since Sir Tim Berners-Lee made the first webpage?

Answer: 6,500.

Can it be possible that all the innovation, the disruptions in traditional media, the millions of Wikipedia entries and the creation of all the new wealth, jobs and global infrastructure – an unthinkable scale of human endeavor – has been created in just 6,500 days?



Some of the highlights from the Web 2.0 meeting in San Francisco last week were:

– Facebook is building a new loyal base of socially networked fanatics. In his interview at the conference, Mark Zuckerburg revealed that 50% of Facebook users use the site daily. That’s serious addiction.

-  The second trend is even more unexpected. In the last year, YouTube has become the second most popular search tool for consumers. By August of this year, search queries on YouTube reached 9.2 billion (a 123% increase year on year), surpassing Yahoo! sites which had 8.5 billion queries.

– John Battelle, author of The Search said that YouTube’s growth was consistent with the trend of search being the navigational interface to information.

-  Intel’s CEO, Paul Otellini, said, by 2011 you could expect that a low cost chip as powerful as a current desktop PC would be available for your mobile device. Moore’s Law still reigns says Otellini and no CEO of Intel wants to be the first to break it.

So, what about the next 6,500 days of the web?

Search! Search! Search!
As a tool for search, the web will still be the greatest thinking tool that humans have ever invented for processing information at the speed of light.

Think google! Think youtube!

Beyond that? Cloud computing, massive scale driven platforms, semantic webs, ubiquitous mobile devices, augmented reality.

Hang on to your thinking hats!

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